The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) approved the registration of the BOVIGAMTM TB Kit from Thermo Fisher Scientific in the OIE Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals 2015. BOVIGAMTM is the only bovine tuberculosis (bTB), Interferon-γ in vitro assay that is OIE-registered and is validated for use in cattle, goat, buffalo and sheep.
“The OIE registration of BOVIGAM is a major step toward a world free of bTB,” said Martin Guillet, global head and general manager of animal health at Thermo Fisher Scientific. “It will help make bTB programs worldwide more efficient and better accepted, in line with the Thermo Fisher Scientific’s mission of enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.”
According to Guillet, the eradication of bTB is a complex undertaking, and the flexible application of testing schemes will help avoid unnecessary culling, lengthy farm closures and will help reduce the occurrence of bovine TB worldwide. Guillet says this ultimately will save time and money and will increase farmer support for TB control programs.